Are You A Member of One or More Professional Associations?

CDO recommends that all students join at least one professional association in their field.  Associations are great networking resources and often hold conferences, post jobs and internships, and provide resources to keep members up to date on industry and field-specific trends.

The following is a list of suggested memberships, based on research and a poll of current students.

Business and the Environment

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
http://cscmp.org


Student Membership Available? Yes
"the preeminent worldwide professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge on supply chain management"

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Association of Climate Change Officers
http://www.accoonline.org
"a professional development organization that “defines, develops and supports the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities.”

Earth Sciences

Geological Society of America
http://www.geosociety.org

Student Membership Available? Yes
"provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry"
American Geophysical Union
http://www.agu.org


Student Membership Available? Yes
a nonprofit organization of over 61,000 members from over 146 countries that "promotes discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.”  It does this by "galvanizing a community of Earth and space scientists that collaboratively advance and communicate science and its power to ensure a sustainable future."

Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation

Society for Conservation Biology
http://www.conbio.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
“an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity.  The Society's membership comprises a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, and students make up the more than 5,000 members world-wide.” 
Entomological Society of America
http://www.entsoc.org/about-entomology

Student Membership Available? Yes
"the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines"
Wildlife Conservation Society
http://www.wcs.org/

"the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization" that "manages about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries"
Ecological Society of America
http://www.esa.org/esa/?page_id=237

Student Membership Available? Yes
"promotes ecological science by improving communication among ecologists; raises the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science; increases the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and ensures the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers"
Natural History Network
http://naturalhistorynetwork.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"encourages integration among the sciences, arts, humanities, and education; advocates for support of natural history in all its forms, including discovery science, literary and visual arts, and field education; builds and supports an inclusive, collaborative community of naturalists; and promotes formal and informal natural history learning opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and settings"
"promote sound scientifically-based conservation of the endangered snow leopard through networking and collaboration between individuals, organizations, and governments."
American Society of Mammalogists
http://www.mammalsociety.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
a professional society of 2,500 members, many of whom are scientists, that promotes interest in the study of mammals
The Wildlife Society
http://www.wildlife.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"represents and serves the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and habitats worldwide."  It connects "professional wildlife managers, disseminates wildlife science, advocates for effective wildlife policy and law, and builds the active support of an informed citizenry."
Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists
http://www.amws.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
includes members from all over New England who are "wetland professionals with diverse expertise in wetland functional analysis, mitigation planning, delineation, plant propagation, regulatory policy, research and education"
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
http://www.erf.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"advances understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide" by "promoting research in estuarine and coastal ecosystems; supporting education of scientists, decision-makers and the public; and facilitating communication among these groups"
Society of Freshwater Biology (UK)
http://www.fba.org.uk/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"serves a global community, promoting freshwater science through membership services, research and information dissemination"
American Association of Zookeepers
http://aazk.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"fosters professional development and personal connections" that "advance excellence in the animal keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life"
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
http://www.aza.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"provides its members the services, high standards and best practices needed to be leaders and innovators in animal care, wildlife conservation and science, conservation education, the guest experience, and community engagement"

Energy

National Association of Energy Service Companies
http://www.naesco.org/default.aspx
"a trade organization that promotes energy efficiency to customers with “seminars, workshops, training programs, publications of case studies and guidebooks, and the compilation and dissemination of aggregate industry data”
Association of Energy Service Professionals
http://www.aesp.org/
"A network of energy practitioners practicing in natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and non-profit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms” who are “dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, energy management and distributed renewable resources”
US Green Building Council
http://www.usgbc.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
works to create "a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings".  USGBC achieves this through its "LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities."
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
https://www.ashrae.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"a building technology society with more than 54,000 members worldwide" that "focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education"
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
http://aceee.org/
 "advances energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors" by "conducting in-depth technical and policy analyses; advising policymakers and program managers; working collaboratively with businesses, government officials, public interest groups, and other organizations; convening conferences and workshops, primarily for energy efficiency professionals; assisting and encouraging traditional and new media to cover energy efficiency policy and technology issues; and educating consumers and businesses through our reports, books, conference proceedings, press activities, and websites"
Association of Energy Engineers
http://www.aeecenter.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

Student Membership Available? Yes
a professional organization with more than 16,000 members worldwide that provids "information and networking in the dynamic fields of energy engineering, energy management, renewable & alternative energy, power generation, energy services, sustainability, and all related areas"
Canadian Green Building Council
http://www.cagbc.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 a professional organization that works to "change industry standards, develop best design practices and guidelines, advocate for green buildings, develop educational tools to support its members in implementing sustainable design and construction practices"

Environmental Education

North American Association for Environmental Education
http://www.naaee.net/

Student Membership Available? Yes
promotes environmental education through advocacy, pedagogical research, and professional developmental while amassing 16,000 members from more than thirty countries
a non-profit that "works with local residents, experts, and stakeholders to run educational projects for underprivileged youth by utilizing experiential, hands-on learning"
California Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators
https://aeoe.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 the state affiliate of the North American Association of Environmental Educators that provides professional development opportunities for naturalists and other program administrators
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
http://www.aashe.org/
 "provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives"

Environmental Health and Safety

NAEM
http://www.naem.org/
Student Membership Available? Yes
 “a professional association that empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. NAEM provides peer-led educational conferences, benchmarking research and an active community for sharing solutions to today's corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges.”

Environmental Journalism

Society of Environmental Journalists
http://www.sej.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
an international organization of 1,400 journalists whose mission is “to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues”

Environmental Law and Policy

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
http://www.elaw.org/
 “a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future.”
Foreign Policy Organization
http://www.fpa.org/
"serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process."
American Society of International Law
http://www.asil.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 "Fosters the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice"

Environmental or Ecology Economics

Green America
http://www.greenamerica.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 "a not-for-profit membership organization" that "harnesses economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society"
Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
http://www.aere.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 an "international professional association for economists working on the environment and natural resources" which provides a forum for "exchanging ideas, stimulating research, and promoting graduate training in environmental and resource economics"
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
http://www.eaere.org/
an international scientific association which "contribute to the development and application of environmental and resource economics as a science in Europe; encourages and improves communication between teachers, researchers and students in environmental and resource economics in different European countries; and develops and encourages the cooperation between university level teaching institutions and research institutions in Europe"

Food and Agriculture/Food Security

Alpha Zeta
http://www.alphazeta.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"a professional organization of men and women whose educational and career objectives fall within the broadly defined field of agriculture and natural resources.  It is dedicated to the highest levels of scholarship, leadership, integrity and service."
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
http://www.pasafarming.org/
"the largest statewide, member-based sustainable farming organization in the United States" which "seeks to improve the economic viability, environmental soundness and social responsibility of food and farming systems in Pennsylvania and across the country"
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, Rural Vermont
http://nofavt.org/
one of the oldest organic farming associations of "farmers, gardeners, and consumers who work to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations"

Forestry

International Society of Aboriculture
http://www.isa-arbor.com/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"promotes the cultivation, management, and study of trees through research, technology, and education while fostering a greater worldwide awareness of tree benefits"
Society of American Foresters
http://www.safnet.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
SAF has become the largest professional society of foresters in the world since its founding by Gifford Pinchot in 1900.  Its mission is “to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.”

General Environment

Association of American Geographers
http://www.aag.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 an international, nonprofit scientific and educational society that advances the study and practice of geography.  It’s members are geographers and related professionals who work in public, private, and academic sectors across more than sixty countries.
NetImpact
https://netimpact.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 a nonprofit that empowers its membership of over 40,000 student and professional leaders “to drive social and environmental change on campus and throughout their careers.”  NetImpact provides the network and resources to accomplish these goals, culminating with their flagship annual conference. 
National Association of Environmental Professionals
http://www.naep.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 a large, interdisciplinary organization that’s a nexus for the most recent information on environmental planning, research and management.
 an international honor society of science and engineering researchers; membership by nomination and election only
Association for Women In Science
http://www.awis.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"today's premiere leadership organization advocating the interests of women in science and technology. For nearly 40 years, the Association for Women in Science has fought for equity and career advancement for women – from the bench to the board room."

Global Climate Change Science and Policy

American Meteorological Society
http://www.ametsoc.org/index.html

Student Membership Available? Yes
 “promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications.” 

Industrial Ecology

International Society for Industrial Ecology
http://www.is4ie.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 a society that promotes industrial ecology as a framework for providing “innovative solutions to complicated environmental problems” and “facilitates communication among scientists, engineers, policymakers, managers and advocates who are interested in better integrating environmental concerns with economic activities.”

Social Ecology

American Anthropology Association
http://www.aaanet.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 "the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology" that "promotes the science of anthropology, stimulates and coordinates the efforts of American anthropologists, fosters local and other societies devoted to anthropology, serves as a bond among American anthropologists and anthropologic[al] organizations present and prospective, and publishes and encourages the publication of matter pertaining to anthropology"
Society for Applied Anthropology
http://www.sfaa.net/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"promotes the integration of anthropological perspectives and methods in solving human problems throughout the world; advocates for fair and just public policy based upon sound research; promotes public recognition of anthropology as a profession; and supports the continuing professionalization of the field."
Society for American Archaeology
http://www.saa.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
"an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With more than 7,000 members, the society represents professional, student, and avocational archaeologists working in a variety of settings including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and the private sector"

Urban and Regional Planning

American Planning Association
http://www.planning.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 “provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.” 
Smart Growth America
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/
a non-profit that is "dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide"

Water Resources Management

Water Environment Federation
http://www.wef.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
a technical and educational organization of 36,000 water quality professionals that provides “bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide.”
American Water Works Association
http://www.awwa.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water.  50,000 members “provide solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.” 
American Water Resources Association
http://www.awra.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
a non-profit organization that advances the water resources management, research, and education skills of engineers, educators, foresters, biologists, ecologists, geographers, managers, regulators, hydrologists and attorneys
New England Water Environment Association
http://www.newea.org/

Student Membership Available? Yes
 "a dynamic organization of over 2100 highly qualified and motivated water and wastewater professionals from throughout New England, who volunteer their time, energy and expertise in order to preserve, protect and manage" New England's water environment
International Water Association
http://www.iwahq.org/1nb/home.html
 "a global reference point for water professionals" that helps them "create innovative, pragmatic and sustainable solutions to challenging global needs"
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